Katie Naftzger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW Verified
Offers online therapy
It can make all the difference to work with someone who specializes in adoption! I bring my personal experience as a Korean-adoptee and professional experience in working with hundreds of adoptees, parents and families.
I am the author of, "Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent's Guide to Navigating the Teen Years." I offer consultation and psychotherapy for individuals and families throughout the life cycle.
(617) 925-6070
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It can make all the difference to work with someone who specializes in adoption! I bring my personal experience as a Korean-adoptee and professional experience in working with hundreds of adoptees, parents and families.
I am the author of, "Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent's Guide to Navigating the Teen Years." I offer consultation and psychotherapy for individuals and families throughout the life cycle.
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Wendy G Weinberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW Verified
Offers online therapy
My specialties include working with issues of infertility and adoption, as well as adoption work with adults who were adopted.
Whether you need help with some problem solving or are just are feeling down, I can help you to get back on track. Perhaps you just need some brief solution focused therapy or if you need help with more in-depth issues, a plan can be created to help you to feel like your best self. I have always been drawn to working with people and strive to improve their lives by teaching them the tools needed to overcome adversities that we all face at one time or another. I have always believed, that our struggles help define us and make us stronger for what lies ahead.
(339) 793-0225
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My specialties include working with issues of infertility and adoption, as well as adoption work with adults who were adopted.
Whether you need help with some problem solving or are just are feeling down, I can help you to get back on track. Perhaps you just need some brief solution focused therapy or if you need help with more in-depth issues, a plan can be created to help you to feel like your best self. I have always been drawn to working with people and strive to improve their lives by teaching them the tools needed to overcome adversities that we all face at one time or another. I have always believed, that our struggles help define us and make us stronger for what lies ahead.
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Melanie P Designas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW Verified
I am a clinical social worker with many years of experience in trauma, loss, and adoption. I treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, and grief. I help people learn healthy coping skills and let go of patterns that no longer serve them. The pandemic has been hard on us and increased feelings of isolation and depression. Coming to therapy can be hard. I provide a non-judgmental space to work through grief and trauma.
(351) 200-0480
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I am a clinical social worker with many years of experience in trauma, loss, and adoption. I treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, and grief. I help people learn healthy coping skills and let go of patterns that no longer serve them. The pandemic has been hard on us and increased feelings of isolation and depression. Coming to therapy can be hard. I provide a non-judgmental space to work through grief and trauma.
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Jodi Waddell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW Verified
Offers online therapy
I believe positive change in therapy takes place in a safe and collaborative environment. I strive to put my clients at ease with compassion, candor, and humor. I am a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in foster care, adoption and LGBTQ+ related issues. I also provide psychotherapy to individuals who are experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, relationship concerns and identity issues. I utilize an eclectic blend of therapeutic modalities such as, psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, and solution focused treatment. In addition to private practice, I work with college students at a local university.
(617) 812-1552
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I believe positive change in therapy takes place in a safe and collaborative environment. I strive to put my clients at ease with compassion, candor, and humor. I am a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in foster care, adoption and LGBTQ+ related issues. I also provide psychotherapy to individuals who are experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, relationship concerns and identity issues. I utilize an eclectic blend of therapeutic modalities such as, psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, and solution focused treatment. In addition to private practice, I work with college students at a local university.
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Patricia m Brady
Counselor, MS, LMFT, LMHC Verified
Offers online therapy
I have worked as a clinician in mental health for over 25 years. I have dedicated myself to child welfare and have a specialty in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, adoption, attachment, Bipolar and addictions. I take a supportive approach to my client work so they are able to arrive at healthy solutions. I also have experience in family therapy taking a family systems approach to the work. My practice is located in the center of Medford and is easily accessible by public transportation. The staff in the office are all welcoming and there is a play space for children.
(781) 676-3169
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I have worked as a clinician in mental health for over 25 years. I have dedicated myself to child welfare and have a specialty in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, adoption, attachment, Bipolar and addictions. I take a supportive approach to my client work so they are able to arrive at healthy solutions. I also have experience in family therapy taking a family systems approach to the work. My practice is located in the center of Medford and is easily accessible by public transportation. The staff in the office are all welcoming and there is a play space for children.
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Martha Lamb
Psychologist, EdM Verified
Offers online therapy
I have worked for more than 35 years with adults of all ages in college counseling centers, mental health clinics and for an international adoption agency.
Are things in your life different from what you expected or planned? Are you feeling worried, stressed and “locked in”? Need some place to share/discuss those feelings and make a better/different plan for yourself. Call and make an appointment. I’m thoughtful and listen well, and will help you cope and deal with today’s challenges.
(781) 381-4971
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I have worked for more than 35 years with adults of all ages in college counseling centers, mental health clinics and for an international adoption agency.
Are things in your life different from what you expected or planned? Are you feeling worried, stressed and “locked in”? Need some place to share/discuss those feelings and make a better/different plan for yourself. Call and make an appointment. I’m thoughtful and listen well, and will help you cope and deal with today’s challenges.
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Michelle A Novelle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LICSW Verified
*Adoption referral assessments, the impact of foster care, guardianship documentation, educational advocacy, agency referrals, individual and family counseling.
Welcome! I am a clinical social worker who has over 20 years of experience working with children and families, as well as individuals in need of additional support. I specialize in child and adolescent development and the impact of trauma and loss. I work with individuals and/or families on self-identified goals for either short-term or long-term therapy. I look forward to our collaboration. Bienvenida! Soy una doctora con más que 20 años de experiencia trabajando con niños y familias, incluyendo individuos que necesitan apoyo adicional. Si Ud. o su hijo necesitan un consejero, espero hablar con Ud.
(857) 763-5738
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*Adoption referral assessments, the impact of foster care, guardianship documentation, educational advocacy, agency referrals, individual and family counseling.
Welcome! I am a clinical social worker who has over 20 years of experience working with children and families, as well as individuals in need of additional support. I specialize in child and adolescent development and the impact of trauma and loss. I work with individuals and/or families on self-identified goals for either short-term or long-term therapy. I look forward to our collaboration. Bienvenida! Soy una doctora con más que 20 años de experiencia trabajando con niños y familias, incluyendo individuos que necesitan apoyo adicional. Si Ud. o su hijo necesitan un consejero, espero hablar con Ud.
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Stacie Perreault
Counselor, LMHC Verified
Accepting new clients to coach at this time - remote phone & telehealth access. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor & aspiring Certified Coach, with specialties that include Adoption and Relationship Issues dedicated to helping empower individuals as they navigate complicated and toxic relationships in their lives. Relationships are not limited to marital or romantic relationships. I help people with their adult children, parents, siblings, colleagues, bosses etc. You name it! Free phone consultation today!
(508) 257-7821
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Accepting new clients to coach at this time - remote phone & telehealth access. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor & aspiring Certified Coach, with specialties that include Adoption and Relationship Issues dedicated to helping empower individuals as they navigate complicated and toxic relationships in their lives. Relationships are not limited to marital or romantic relationships. I help people with their adult children, parents, siblings, colleagues, bosses etc. You name it! Free phone consultation today!
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Ellen Queeney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MDiv, RYT Verified
I specialize in work with young children and teens using play therapy as the primary modality as well sand tray therapy. Children dealing with developmental challenges including behavior problems, trauma, foster care and adoption. I have had a lot of success supporting parents through coaching and consultation as well as working with teachers and educators to encourage success for the client and for the client's family.
(508) 499-2463
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I specialize in work with young children and teens using play therapy as the primary modality as well sand tray therapy. Children dealing with developmental challenges including behavior problems, trauma, foster care and adoption. I have had a lot of success supporting parents through coaching and consultation as well as working with teachers and educators to encourage success for the client and for the client's family.
Carolyn LaCaresse, LMHC
Counselor, LMHC Verified
Offers online therapy
Over the past 10+ years I have done special training in trauma, gender/sexuality, perinatal/postnatal issues, and adoption.
**I AM NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.** I take a person-centered approach to all sessions with the focus being on what you want and what is most important to you. I view my job as helping you to discover the strength that you already have inside of you. We find that strength together and then you learn how to use it every day to overcome life's obstacles. I feel that I am your support along this journey, but you are the guide and you control where it goes.
(413) 729-3166
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Over the past 10+ years I have done special training in trauma, gender/sexuality, perinatal/postnatal issues, and adoption.
**I AM NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.** I take a person-centered approach to all sessions with the focus being on what you want and what is most important to you. I view my job as helping you to discover the strength that you already have inside of you. We find that strength together and then you learn how to use it every day to overcome life's obstacles. I feel that I am your support along this journey, but you are the guide and you control where it goes.
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Suzanne Dirstine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW Verified
Offers online therapy
My experience includes extensive work with children and adults in outpatient clinics, sexual abuse treatment teams, inpatient settings and adoption services.
Welcome. I believe that your experience of the therapeutic relationship should be comfortable and feel secure. I utilize an attachment based approach and believe that once feelings of safety are established in therapy that real changes in thoughts, feelings and relationships are possible. I have a warm and interested style of interacting with others and it is always important to me that you feel heard and valued in our time together. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like to know more or have any questions.
(978) 598-3355
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My experience includes extensive work with children and adults in outpatient clinics, sexual abuse treatment teams, inpatient settings and adoption services.
Welcome. I believe that your experience of the therapeutic relationship should be comfortable and feel secure. I utilize an attachment based approach and believe that once feelings of safety are established in therapy that real changes in thoughts, feelings and relationships are possible. I have a warm and interested style of interacting with others and it is always important to me that you feel heard and valued in our time together. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd like to know more or have any questions.
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Boston Post Adoption Resources
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW Verified
Boston Post Adoption Resources is a non-profit organization that was founded to support all individuals and families who are touched by adoption. We understand the challenges and impact that adoption can have on relationships, family dynamics, and identity. Our team of licensed mental health professionals is specifically trained to deal with post-adoption challenges. We recognize that every situation is different and our goal is to provide support to you and your family on your journey through adoption.
(617) 420-7064
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Boston Post Adoption Resources is a non-profit organization that was founded to support all individuals and families who are touched by adoption. We understand the challenges and impact that adoption can have on relationships, family dynamics, and identity. Our team of licensed mental health professionals is specifically trained to deal with post-adoption challenges. We recognize that every situation is different and our goal is to provide support to you and your family on your journey through adoption.
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My personal interest focuses on anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and adoption.
Psychotherapy has always been for those who are ready to experience healing. Along with alleviating symptoms, my approach is most effective for individuals who are seeking a deeper understanding of underlying causes and who strive for personal growth. Together, we explore the root of current feelings that led things astray. We can gain insight into self-awareness, understand our behavioral patterns, build resilience, and develop better coping mechanisms. Doing so empowers us to reach emotional maturity and enable more fulfilling relationships.
(857) 226-9891
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My personal interest focuses on anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and adoption.
Psychotherapy has always been for those who are ready to experience healing. Along with alleviating symptoms, my approach is most effective for individuals who are seeking a deeper understanding of underlying causes and who strive for personal growth. Together, we explore the root of current feelings that led things astray. We can gain insight into self-awareness, understand our behavioral patterns, build resilience, and develop better coping mechanisms. Doing so empowers us to reach emotional maturity and enable more fulfilling relationships.
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Joyce Maguire Pavao
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LCSW, LMFT Verified
Offers online therapy
Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao-Founder and CEO of Center For Family Connections, Inc. (CFFC - est. 1995-2012), Adoption Resource Center, est.1978, and PACT (Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training),est.1982. Dr. Pavao has built comprehensive post adoption services and has done training, both nationally and internationally. She is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and has written The Family of Adoption (1998/2005). Dr. Pavao has received many awards and honors, including the Adoption Excellence Award for Family Contribution (2003), and the Angels in Adoption award (2000).
(617) 616-8591
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Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao-Founder and CEO of Center For Family Connections, Inc. (CFFC - est. 1995-2012), Adoption Resource Center, est.1978, and PACT (Pre/Post Adoption Consulting and Training),est.1982. Dr. Pavao has built comprehensive post adoption services and has done training, both nationally and internationally. She is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and has written The Family of Adoption (1998/2005). Dr. Pavao has received many awards and honors, including the Adoption Excellence Award for Family Contribution (2003), and the Angels in Adoption award (2000).
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Jill E Hodgson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Offers online therapy
I have extensive experience with foster care, adoption and kinship placements and the challenges that these types of situations bring to families.
**Please note I do not do couples/marriage counseling.** Life can be difficult and it helps to have some support along the way. I have over 25 years experience working with children, teens and adults experiencing problems and stress from a variety of concerns including mental health issues, grief and loss, adverse life experiences.
(774) 425-7018 x211
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I have extensive experience with foster care, adoption and kinship placements and the challenges that these types of situations bring to families.
**Please note I do not do couples/marriage counseling.** Life can be difficult and it helps to have some support along the way. I have over 25 years experience working with children, teens and adults experiencing problems and stress from a variety of concerns including mental health issues, grief and loss, adverse life experiences.
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Marissa Cashman
Counselor, MS, LMHC, CCTP Verified
Offers online therapy
My extensive experience with adoption provides a clear understanding of the array of issues that can manifest.
** WAITLIST ONLY AT THIS TIME** Searching for the right therapist can be stressful, but seeking guidance from a licensed professional is a wonderful way of gaining coping skills and a different and more objective perspective to challenging issues. My practice is dedicated to the psychological, emotional, and spiritual well- being of age 18+ adolescents, young adults, and adults. Individual and family therapy are offered in a nonjudgmental and professional atmosphere. I pride my practice to be inclusive to all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religious beliefs, genders, and sexual orientations.
(978) 306-4466
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My extensive experience with adoption provides a clear understanding of the array of issues that can manifest.
** WAITLIST ONLY AT THIS TIME** Searching for the right therapist can be stressful, but seeking guidance from a licensed professional is a wonderful way of gaining coping skills and a different and more objective perspective to challenging issues. My practice is dedicated to the psychological, emotional, and spiritual well- being of age 18+ adolescents, young adults, and adults. Individual and family therapy are offered in a nonjudgmental and professional atmosphere. I pride my practice to be inclusive to all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religious beliefs, genders, and sexual orientations.
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Colleen Murphy Ballerini
Counselor, LMHC Verified
Offers online therapy
Experience working with families embarking on adoption and the challenges they and their children may experience during and following the transition to a new family.
****Presently not accepting new clients. Therapy is as individual as the person seeking it. Each client is special and worthy of my undivided attention. Trust is essential in the relationship between therapist and client. My mission is to create a warm, safe and non-judgmental environment that allows clients to express themselves with ease. I utilize solution-focused therapy, which allows collaboration between client and therapist to work towards a common goal. I employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, art, and relaxation techniques to build lifelong coping strategies.
(978) 705-6158
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Experience working with families embarking on adoption and the challenges they and their children may experience during and following the transition to a new family.
****Presently not accepting new clients. Therapy is as individual as the person seeking it. Each client is special and worthy of my undivided attention. Trust is essential in the relationship between therapist and client. My mission is to create a warm, safe and non-judgmental environment that allows clients to express themselves with ease. I utilize solution-focused therapy, which allows collaboration between client and therapist to work towards a common goal. I employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, art, and relaxation techniques to build lifelong coping strategies.
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Evalyn Lawnsby
Counselor, MA, LMHC Verified
Offers online therapy
Besides the specialties listed below, I also help children and adults with concerns related to anxiety and stress, adjustment, divorced and blended families, families-of-origin, adoption, parenting, self-compassion, social skills, sadness and loss.
I have worked with adults, children, and families for many years, in educational and therapeutic capacities. Everyone experiences anxiety or unhappiness, from time to time; my goal is to help you, your child or family to overcome the difficulties you are experiencing. I will assist you to articulate and meet your individual goals, while focusing and building on your strengths, or those of your child.
(978) 378-3629
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Besides the specialties listed below, I also help children and adults with concerns related to anxiety and stress, adjustment, divorced and blended families, families-of-origin, adoption, parenting, self-compassion, social skills, sadness and loss.
I have worked with adults, children, and families for many years, in educational and therapeutic capacities. Everyone experiences anxiety or unhappiness, from time to time; my goal is to help you, your child or family to overcome the difficulties you are experiencing. I will assist you to articulate and meet your individual goals, while focusing and building on your strengths, or those of your child.
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Liz Donalds, Psy.D.
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Offers online therapy
I specialize in working with adoptees and families of adoption.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I build therapeutic relationships with my clients to facilitate positive growth. I have over 20 years of extensive experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings, community mental health centers and local schools. I work with individuals of all ages to improve well-being and resolve personal challenges using evidenced based and client centered treatments. I provide therapy to adults who are interested in improving their lives and or struggling with specific concerns. For example, some clients want to improve relationships with family members, reduce stress and anxiety, and learn coping strategies for managing difficult situations. Other's may want support with creating and achieving life goals. ​ I work with parents to help them develop the skills to manage their child's worries, fears, and social emotional and behavioral challenges.
(781) 352-2048
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I specialize in working with adoptees and families of adoption.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I build therapeutic relationships with my clients to facilitate positive growth. I have over 20 years of extensive experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings, community mental health centers and local schools. I work with individuals of all ages to improve well-being and resolve personal challenges using evidenced based and client centered treatments. I provide therapy to adults who are interested in improving their lives and or struggling with specific concerns. For example, some clients want to improve relationships with family members, reduce stress and anxiety, and learn coping strategies for managing difficult situations. Other's may want support with creating and achieving life goals. ​ I work with parents to help them develop the skills to manage their child's worries, fears, and social emotional and behavioral challenges.
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Nancy Yen, MS, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Offers online therapy
(CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS) Nancy is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has a strong conviction in human resiliency. Her philosophy is that personal challenges provide opportunities to reclaim Power, Identity, & Healing. Her work has included experience in an array of clinical settings & training with experience with Adoption, Couples, Trauma & complex Family issues.
(508) 455-4046
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(CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS) Nancy is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has a strong conviction in human resiliency. Her philosophy is that personal challenges provide opportunities to reclaim Power, Identity, & Healing. Her work has included experience in an array of clinical settings & training with experience with Adoption, Couples, Trauma & complex Family issues.

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